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Franz Josef – Salmon & Trout Fishing on Lake Mapourika

Franz Josef – Salmon & Trout Fishing on Lake Mapourika

by | Dec 4, 2020

It’s that time of year when the lake water starts to warm up and we await the arrival of our first wild sea-run salmon to enter Lake Mapourika!  Although the salmon season runs from the 1st October every year, we catch smaller Lake salmon until the bigger ones start to swim up the Okarito River from the Tasman Sea.  We also catch beautiful brown trout, all year around!  There’s never a bad time to be fishing on Lake Mapourika!

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The smaller lake salmon shouldn’t be overlooked, as they’re often legal size and are the perfect fish for a family BBQ!  They also keep everyone entertained as they can be abundant, at times we have hooked up to 10 of them on a single trip!  We always practice the best fish handling techniques and release them back in the water where possible.

salmon caught on lake mapourika

We offer a couple of different Fishing Trips, so there’s a fishing trip for everyone and we promise to keep even the non-fishermen entertained!

Fishing Charter (3 Hour)

On our standard Fishing Charter, the trip generally runs about 3 Hrs which leaves enough time to get into the best spots on the lake.  Dale, the owner-operator and skipper, will take you to the spots he thinks is for the time of year and the target species.  He instructs multiple techniques, which include harling, trolling and spinning.  He’s got all the equipment you will require on board, even a down rigger when we’re needing to get the hooks deep for the larger sea run fish!  It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert angler, or a first timer, Dale will cater the trip for you and your group’s needs.

fishing charter lake Mapourika

If you’re keen to fly fish, we can help you out too!  We do not offer fly fishing guiding services, but can definitely provide transport to some great creeks and bays that suit.  Just get in touch if you’d like to know more about this.

Fish, Cruise & BBQ Tour

If you’re looking for some family fun, or a good time hanging out on the Lake with your mates the Fish, Cruise & BBQ trip is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!  This trip is private, so once you’ve booked you’ll have the whole boat to yourselves.  This also means we really recommend booking in advance to secure your spots!

Fish, Cruise & BBQ, lake mapourika

We add a BBQ facility onto the covered back deck of the boat, so you can grill while you fish and enjoy a cold beverage on the water!  If you land a legal fish Dale will help you prepare the catch for the BBQ.  He’s even known to have some wasabi and soy sauce on hand for some fresh sashimi!  Since the Fish, Cruise & BBQ tours are private, you can cater the experience to include other activities.  Often groups chose to stop for a swim on a beach, or even to hire some paddleboards to take with them on the trip.  I can’t think of a more relaxing way to end your day in Glacier Country!

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Get in touch with some of friendly team if you have any questions about our tours, or if you’re ready to come fishing on Lake Mapourika, head over to our booking page and book today!